Pet owners urged to paws for microchips this weekend

Date published: 12 April 2019

Townsville pet owners are being encouraged to get their dogs and cats microchipped for free this weekend at Bushland Beach.

Residents can get their furry companions microchipped at Peggy Banfield Park on Saturday from 8 – 11am.

The Townsville City Council offer is open to registered dogs and approved cats that are at least eight weeks old.

Community Health and Environment Committee Chair Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said dog and cat owners should make the most of the oppawtunity.

“Pets are treasured members of the family and a microchip is the purrfect way to make sure you can be reunited with your cat or dog,” Cr Greaney said.

“It can be very distressing if your pet wanders off and the microchip makes it a lot easier to get them home.

“A pet is a long-term commitment and microchips give owners some assurance in case they do go missing.

“They ensure we can reconnect families with their pets quickly.”

Cr Greaney said residents can register their pets for a fee on the day to be eligible for free microchipping.

“Council will have staff on-site to help owners register their pets on the day,” Cr Greaney said.

“We want to encourage responsible pet ownership and free microchipping has been very popular with the community.”